(Sermon for the week of August 20th)
Jesus said to the crowds:
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my flesh for the life of the world.
”The Jews quarreled among themselves,
saying,“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them,“Amen, amen, I say to you,unless you eat the
flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life
within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal
life,and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true
food,and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks
my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father
sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one
who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread
that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and
still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
This Gospel message needs to first have a written act of
Thanksgiving before I begin this sermon. "Lord Jesus, thank you
for your sacrifice in order to cover my unrighteousness, Lord
thank you for suffering an unbelievably painful torture and
crucifixion by this world in order to save those who would have
the courage and faith to learn what You did and why You did it.
Lord thank you. Lord thank you for the right of communion."
In these verses, Jesus is announcing to the CROWD OF PEOPLE (plenty
of witnesses here) the same instruction that he gave to us at the
Last Supper which is an event that HAS NOT taken place yet. This
is another instruction of communion given by the Messiah, Jesus
Christ. It is an instruction to make those realize who dare to hear
that Jesus is the one who gave the Jews in the desert the
manna to eat AND it is Jesus who was the One who gave the Jews
the instructions of the Passover. Jesus in the verse we just read
is foreshadowing the event that will grant believers eternal life,
the event Jesus is foreshadowing will come soon...His crucifixion.
There is a lot to talk about in this one chapter of John, so I want
to talk about just two important points in this one short reading:
the significance of the blood and flesh and the right of taking
First, why is Jesus speaking about blood and bread as flesh?
The Jews in this verse who are listening to Jesus hear Him give
an order to eat His flesh and blood and are put off by His
words. These people are thinking "Who is this man...Jesus"?
They fail to remember that Jesus just fed 5,000 people with 2
loaves and 5 fish the day before and thousands witnessed this
miracle with the Twelve Apostles.
BUT remember that the Twelve Apostles have not yet sat and had
the Last Supper with our Lord. The Jews listening to Jesus fail
to recognize Jesus as the One who gave the instructions of the
Passover. In the book of Exodus, Passover was an
instruction to the Jews that if followed, prevented the
Angel of Death from killing the firstborn by "passing" over their
house and not killing the firstborn inside that house.
The blood on the doorway was the mark that the Angel of Death saw,
recognized, and promptly passed over. The flesh of the sacrificial
lamb was feasted on in order to give them strength for their
I wonder how many of the Jews present which we read about in
John 6 realized who Jesus was when they listened to Him that day.
Would we know to recognize Him today if we heard these same words?
Christ's blood symbolizes the blood covering of Jesus's sacrifice
which was shed at the crucifixion. Jesus is the Son of God who is
the first manifestation of the Father. Jesus who is the Creator
of all things seen and unseen, saw that all men and women could
not follow the 10 Commandments PERFECTLY and thus could not enter
heaven because of their unrighteousness. The Pharisees and
Sadducees were the religious righteous of their day and they
weren't getting into heaven because they were not worthy.
Our Lord poured his Own blood out on this earth so that His blood
could serve as the ultimate and final blood sacrifice in order
to cover all of our past, present and future sins as long as we
"believeth" or act in faith"ing" in Jesus. Our works are nothing
without Him, we are nothing without Him, and we surely are not
getting into heaven without Him!
The blood of Jesus covers your sin so that the Father can
see you...the Father cannot see unrighteousness and without the
covering of your sin by the Blood of the Son of God whose name is
Jesus...you are unseen and unrighteous.
TAKE NOTE AGAIN that the Gospel message we just read in John
chapter 6 is before the crucifixion and BEFORE the Last Supper...
the Jews don't know that the wine would be the chosen symbol of
which we drink the blood of Jesus as an act of faith in which we
remember how Jesus died, why Jesus died, and most importantly,
what that means to us! The wine is symbolic of the blood Jesus
spilled through suffering and torture in order for the men and
women who come to Him may have eternal life!
Christ's flesh was sacrificed on the cross in order for us to
have eternal life. It is to be remembered that Jesus the Son of God
(who IS ALSO the anticipated Son of Man to the Jews but not
recognized as such by these Jews)... gave His life for us.
His body was sacrificed as the perfect sacrifice. No more Passover
feasts will be necessary after His sacrifice because these feasts
mean nothing. The One who instructed the Jews in the original
Passover in the Book of Exodus is here in front of them preparing
to become the ultimate and final sacrifice. His flesh is the
perfect sacrificial flesh as the flesh of the sacrificial lamb
is no longer worthy. He is replacing the Passover, the crowd
assembled around Him right now don't realize it.
Again, this is BEFORE the Last Supper, but Jesus tells us at this
time what the chosen symbol will be for his bodily sacrifice on
the cross, it will be bread. The bread will be a remembrance that
the Son of God Jesus, had to come down here to give His life for
you in order to grant you the opportunity for eternal life.
The bread will serve to remind those who partake that he died and
suffered greatly...one in ten survived a Roman scourging...
one in ten survived a Roman lashing...He endured that and more in
order to become the only worthy sacrifice for YOU TO HAVE THE
THE RIGHT OF COMMUNION
Those who take communion need to know one thing...they need to
understand that Jesus is the Messiah and is the only BRIDGE to
heaven. They need to understand why it was necessary for Jesus to
die for us. They need to understand that blood is the only worthy
covering for sin, and Jesus covered our sin with His blood.
They need to understand that Jesus sacrificed His body in
replacement of the sacrificial lamb and the wine and bread
symbolize this Truth.
HOWEVER, Communion should not be refused to anyone who wants to
take it...for we all are growing in faith"ing", and no one is
worthy in God's eyes but Jesus is worthy! The act of communion
is between you and God. It is personal and a worthy act of faith.
There is absolutely no reason to go to a church, a priest, or any
human in order to take communion unless you want a fancy chalice
and "blessed" wafers.
Communion is a personal act of faith that should be done within
the home just as the Jews practiced Passover in their own homes.
I understand that the fellowship of church allows those who belong
to a church to celebrate communion together BUT this belief that
communion should only be performed in a church is erroneous.
Some can't take communion unless they are members of the church,
or get only bread during the communion and not wine, or are
hospitalized and can't receive communion without the permission
of the governing board of the church! Satan knows how to interfere
with acts of faith and communion is obviously one of his stomping
Jesus said: "This is my body"
Jesus said: "This is my blood"
Jesus said: "Do this in remembrance of Me"
Take a cup of wine and some kind of bread. If you want to follow
instructions, take unleavened, broken bread and red wine. But, you
are not going to be saved because you drank wine or grape juice
or even orange juice. If that would be true, ask for a gallon of
wine at the next communion in your local church and drink it all!
This will allow you to figure out if red wine saves you or not.
What you use is not important as much as consciously knowing why
you are taking communion and what communion means to you.
Your focus on Jesus Christ is what is important.
Jesus is your Savior...
1 Corinthians 11:24-29
and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat;
this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance
of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper,
saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as
often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you
eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death
till He comes. Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this
cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body
and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let
him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and
drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself,
not discerning the Lord’s body.
How does someone eat the bread or drink the wine in an unworthy
manner? You are already a sinner...you must know that you are a
perpetual sinner...but not knowing why you are taking communion
makes this act of faith unworthy...and it is not a ritual to be
DO THIS IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE ONLY LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!
God bless you and your families this week.
(Sermon by John H.)
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